Another youngish artist making more than the odd nod back to the masters is Diana Krall, whose latest album, Love Scenes, is just out on Impulse. Due to visit these shores in the spring, the Canadian singer-pianist has followed up last year's tribute to Nat King Cole, All For You, with an irresistibly seductive set that ranges from the Gershwins' "They Can't Take That Away From Me", to Dave Frishberg's witty "Peel Me A Grape". Though inevitably seen as a female Harry Connick Jnr, Krall on this evidence is confident enough to go her own way, while guitarist Russell Malone and ubiquitous bassist Christian McBride complement her perfectly.
Somewhat less sophisticated but no less satisfying are two collections just out from the Blue Chicago label (via Direct Distribution). Red Hot Mamas and Clark Street Ramblers each bring together a baker's dozen of performances by various acts that keep the Chicago blues sound alive in the two clubs that share the name of the record label. The former is an all-female album featuring such local favourites as ribald veteran Bonnie Lee and the highly versatile Shirley Johnson, while the latter features such guardians of the Windy City's sound as Willie Kent, Eddy Clearwater and Johnny B Moore.Reuse content